Category: Functionality

Procore IPO in for prolonged coronavirus lockdown?

Procore-Aconex integration

US construction collaboration SaaS technology provider Procore planned to offer its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the near future, but its plans could be undermined by the coronavirus pandemic. On 28 February 2020, California, US-based construction collaboration SaaS technology provider Procore filed registration documents with the US Securities and Exchange Commission relating …

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Open CDEs and BIMLauncher

Procore-Aconex integration

Amid a continuing UK BIM discussion regarding use of ‘common data environments’, CDEs, Ireland’s BIMLauncher is already connecting some vendors’ platforms at a document-centric level. Truly connected BIM is a long way off, believes BIMLauncher CEO John Egan. In January 2020 (Towards connected data environments, CDEs), I wondered about the need for data exchange standards …

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Bentley buys GroupBC

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The latest consolidation in the global SaaS construction collaboration marketplace has seen Reading, UK-based GroupBC acquired by the US giant AEC software vendor Bentley Systems for an undisclosed amount. Jointly announcing the deal today (11 March 2020 news release), Bentley Systems says the two companies’ software solutions have been deployed for complementary purposes to improve project …

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Buildots: site visual data capture

buildots error demo

Tel Aviv-based Buildots uses 360-degree wearable cameras and AI for “automated detection of schedule and design discrepancies.” At October’s Digital Construction Week 2019 trade show in London, I spotted Israeli startup Buildots among the exhibitors. I didn’t have chance to learn more then, but the company presented at December’s COMIT community day (held in IFS‘s …

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AI in construction: chatbots for marketing and training

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Applying artificial intelligence and machine learning in construction might involve using chatbots for lead generation on building trade websites, as well as for training. I have been talking about artificial intelligence and construction sporadically for some time, and a news release about a new UK service for lead generation in the building trade reminded me …

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Bentley extends SaaS ProjectWise to SMEs

Projectwise 365

Bentley Systems has announced new capabilities in its ProjectWise collaboration platform, building on its integration with Microsoft 365, and attempting to reach potential users in small and mid-sized businesses. ProjectWise 365 is key to Bentley’s “project digital twin” approach. According to an August 2019 report from ARC Advisory Group (news release), Bentley Systems’ ProjectWise is …

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“BIM is not big data”

Big Data terminology

‘Buzzword bingo’ may occasionally include ‘Big Data’ – alongside terms such as BIM, business intelligence, artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital twins. Growing use of such terms in the built environment suggests we are beginning to appreciate the value of data – or how data demonstrates value. Common definitions of Big Data (such as the …

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Trimble SiteVision AR solution launched

Trimble SiteVision is an augmented reality (AR) solution that enables users to visualise 2D and 3D data at 1:1 scale on virtually any project site with connectivity. Trimble has launched SiteVision, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) solution that enables users to visualise 2D and 3D data on virtually any project site with mobile phone or …

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Deltek: integration key to digital transformation

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The digital debate in the UK built environment has been moving beyond its recent obsession with building information modelling (BIM) and looking more widely at digital transformation and business “digitalisation”. Integration of back office, design and project management systems will be critical to the future success of many design firms, says Deltek. Some four years …

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GoContractor targets safety compliance

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GoContractor, a safety compliance solution provider founded in Ireland, is expanding in the US market. GoContractor was originally founded in 2012 as Induction Manager Ltd by Sean Fennell (formerly CEO, now SVP Partnerships) and Julie Currid (formerly COO, today chief marketing officer), with offices in London and Dublin. It traded as ‘Initiafy‘, providing online training …

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